About Us

DR. LYNNETTE SINCLAIRSMITH

VETERINARIAN / OWNER

Dr. Lynnette SinclairSmith, a fear-free certified practitioner was raised in Calgary and has always had a love for all animals. She started as a receptionist at the Westhills Veterinary Clinic, then went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, with Great Distinction, in 2004.

After graduating, Lynnette spent the first two years working as a small animal emergency veterinarian, then returned to the Westhills Veterinary Clinic in 2006 as an associate veterinarian. She has a passion for internal medicine and cherishes the time she spends with her clients and patients, striving to provide the best care possible. 

Lynnette has most recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a co-owner of the practice in October 2016. 

When not putting in long hours at the practice, she enjoys spending time travelling with her family (usually in the hot sun), paddle boarding, playing the piano, and absolutely adores her fur family (Motz, Chips and Chowder).

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DR. SUZANNE ADAMS-HIRD

VETERINARIAN / OWNER

A proud, born and raised Calgarian, Dr. Suzanne Adams-Hird; a fear-free certified practitioner, attended the University of Calgary, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Zoology. She then went on to attend the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, graduating with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, with Great Distinction, in 1992.

Working part-time at various clinics across Calgary and Canmore, Suzanne spent rich years raising her busy family, while never losing her interest, desire or skills in caring for creatures great and small.

In 2001, Suzanne joined the Westhills Veterinary Clinic,  providing locum services and appreciating the diverse and interesting clients and patients the clinic enjoys. She proudly became co-owner of the practice in October of 2016, fulfilling a longtime goal.

In addition to her time at the clinic, Suzanne is a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, mentoring the next generation of animal care professionals. Suzanne’s areas of keen interest lie in soft tissue surgery and dentistry.

When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, her pets (Murphy, Jack and Jill), travelling, photography and scrapbooking.

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DR. HAYLEY ROBBINS

VETERINARIAN

Dr. Hayley Robbins, a fear-free certified practitioner, started volunteering at the Westhills Veterinary Clinic during her first year of veterinary school and then joined the practice as a full-time veterinarian in the summer of 2017. She graduated from the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine program with distinction. During her studies she gained experience in various fields of veterinary medicine, including small animal general practice, small animal emergency medicine and veterinary research.

Hayley grew up in Calgary and is very happy to be practicing in her hometown. When she is not at the clinic (which is rare!), she really enjoys cooking and even did a cooking class in Italy. She loves to spend time with her family and her family dog, Frisbee, who is an 8-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mix. Hayley loves all aspects of small animal veterinary practice and is very excited to be part of the Westhills veterinary team.

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DR. JILL GIRGULIS

VETERINARIAN

Dr. Jill Girgulis, a fear-free certified practitioner, completed two years of an undergraduate degree in neuroscience before pursuing veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary. Throughout her veterinary degree, she spent time at various clinics in Alberta, and has been interested in small animal medicine since day one. Jill graduated in 2020 and joined the team at Westhills Veterinary Clinic in the fall of 2020, and is excited to have the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with her new clients and their animals. Living in Calgary her whole life, Jill grew up in a busy family of three sisters and several dogs and cats over the years. The menagerie currently includes two senior cats, a Border Collie, and an Australian Shepherd.
Jill is also a longtime writer and contributes articles to local arts organizations, in addition to writing humour pieces, movie reviews, and short fiction. She enjoys attending classical concerts and watching movies, and is always looking for any opportunity to appreciate the artistic talents of others.

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DR. TERESA MCALPINE

VETERINARIAN

Returning to her hometown of Calgary, Dr. Teresa McAlpine is excited to be joining the Westhills team. A fear-free certified practitioner, Teresa graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine with distinction in the spring of 2022. Her passion for caring for animals has been an integral part of her life for as long as she can remember. Throughout her undergrad, she worked and volunteered in a variety of positions, including the Westhills Veterinary Clinic. 

When she is not at the clinic, Teresa can be found at home spending time with her cat Theo, and often a foster animal or two. An active lifestyle has always been a priority for her, enjoying all sports but especially volleyball and ringette. A friendly competition of beach volleyball is one of the ways she loves to connect with her family and friends, in addition to attending concerts or spending time at the lake. Travelling is also a passion of Teresa’s, and she looks forward to actively exploring more of the world. 

Joining the Westhills team is an amazing opportunity for Teresa to continue to make a difference in the lives of her patients, and she is excited to be practicing all areas of small animal veterinary medicine.

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NICOLE

REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNOLOGIST

Nicole, a fear-free certified RVT, graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College in November 2011. She joined our team when she moved from Moose Jaw to Calgary in 2013 and has been working here ever since.

She has always loved working in a small animal practice where she can really get to know the clients and their pets. She has huge soft spot for cats and a special interest in anesthesia, dentistry, surgery, patient nursing and client education.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, yoga, cooking/baking and spending time with friends and family. She lives with her 2 adopted cats, Thomas and Parker.
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TAM

REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNOLOGIST

Raised in Calgary, Tam, a fear-free certified RVT, started working part time as a receptionist at the Westhills Veterinary Clinic in 2001. During that time, she also graduated with a BSc (Chemistry) and BEd from the University of Calgary. After spending time as a High School Science teacher, she realized her passion was in veterinary medicine. She returned to school (Olds College) and obtained her Animal Health Diploma (with distinction) in 2010.  Although she enjoys all aspects of her job, her special interests are dentistry and surgery. 

Her favourite things about the clinic are the interesting cases seen daily, the great relationships developed with patients and the fun team she gets to work with.

A fun fact about Tam is that she’s an avid scuba diver with her Dive-master certification. She’s dove the Great Barrier Reef, Red Sea, Caribbean and Mexico. She even participated in a shark feeding! She loves adventure and has skydived and backpacked through Europe. 

When not at work, Tam enjoys camping with her family, and competing in flyball with Sydney, her Jack Russell Terrier and Dash, her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

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CHARLENE

REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNOLOGIST

Charlene works as a fear-free certified registered veterinary technologist for Westhills Veterinary Clinic. She was raised in Calgary. Charlene lives with her husband, two daughters and their cat named Sampson. Charlene has worked at the clinic since 2003 and graduated from the animal health technology program at Olds College in 2007.

She loves working with all the staff at the clinic and enjoys the challenges each day brings. Her interests lie in feline medicine, dentistry, and nutrition. In her spare time she likes to go camping and spend time doing activities with her children.

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AJ

TECHNICIAN ASSISTANT

AJ has always had an insatiable love and curiousity for animals of all shapes and sizes. She has fostered everything from dogs and ferrets to birds and reptiles: keeping a few along the way... of course
AJ was influenced by her father's love of adventure scuba diving and all things national geographic, and has gone on to become a scuba instructor as well.
Being an instructor provided AJ with the opportunity to work with sharks and sting rays at Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto. 
 
With aspirations to become a Registered Veterinary Technician, AJ has found herself to be quite at home for the last five plus years in the veterinary industry; and has recently joined the Westhills family as a Veterinary Technician Assistant.
 
AJ’s current critter family includes her lab mix Georgia, terrier mix Roaka, a ball python named Gus as well as a tropical fresh water aquarium. 
Who knows what will be next!

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SARA

TECHNICIAN ASSISTANT

Sara a fear-free certified technician assistant, recently joined the Westhills team, and is very excited to grow within the clinic. She has always had a passion for animals, and has worked with them her entire life, from big to small. 

Sara worked at a rehabilitation ranch with many different types of animals and cared for them all; no matter the situation….from injuries to them having babies she was always ready to lend a helping hand. Sara will forever cherish the memories she made at the ranch. 
Sara is a recent graduate from the Tech Assistant program in BC, and has recently moved back to Alberta, where she is originally from. 
In the future Sara would like to complete the Registered Veterinary Technician program to continue her career in the veterinary world; while continuing to be a valuable member of the Westhills team.
When Sara is not at the clinic she loves being outdoors hiking, and adventuring; with her loving nine year old beagle cross named Chunk. 

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JANET

OFFICE MANAGER

Janet a fear-free certified office manager, has lived in Calgary all her life, and she has always had a love for animals. 
She brings to us 20 plus years of experience managing a team, with many years focused on small animal nutrition. 
Janet enjoys meeting pet parents and their fur babies, and loves that every day in the clinic is different; with the opportunity to always learn something new. 
When Janet is not at the clinic she enjoys cooking, baking and travelling with her husband.
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KRISTIN

CLIENT CARE REPRESENTATIVE

Kristin has been working at Westhills Veterinary Clinic since 2010, and has been working in the veterinary industry for over 20 years. She loves all animals, and has a special fondness for cats.

You will find Kristin’s smiling face at the front of the clinic on Saturdays.

Kristin’s favourite part of working at the clinic is being able to see and get to know all the wonderful pets and clients; while providing compassion and knowledgeable service (also kitten and puppy snuggles are definitely a perk).

Kristin loves travelling, and her favourite place to vacation is Maui. She tries to visit family there at least ever other year.

Kristin is married to her amazing husband, Jordan, they have two young boys who are 3 years and 16 months old and of course their three important fur babies; Maui, Tipsy and Hopson.

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TAYLOR

CLIENT CARE REPRESENTATIVE

Taylor is a recent graduate of the veterinary assisting program at Bow Valley College and aspires to become a registered veterinary technician one day. She has always had a passion for helping animals and absolutely loves learning something new every day at the clinic. Taylor strives to provide the best service to clients and their pets and truly appreciates the bonds she has made with our clients.
When she's not at the clinic, Taylor enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their son, Luka. She loves going on adventures with her family and cherishes the time spent outdoors together. She has two family dogs, Enzo and Oliver, who are very jealous of the time she spends with other dogs at the clinic but luckily, she can visit them every weekend.
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BROOKE

CLIENT CARE REPRESENTATIVE

Brooke graduated from the Animal Care program at Durham College in 2016. After graduating, she worked in two animal hospitals in her hometown of Whitby, Ontario before briefly leaving the field to pursue working as an early childhood educator. Brooke enjoyed this experience, but is very excited to be returning to her true passion of working with animals. 
After moving to Calgary with her husband Brendan in March, 2021, Brooke joined the Westhills team in May, and has loved getting to know the great staff, clients and pets here!
Brooke enjoys learning more about animal medicine, and sharing the love people have for their pets. 
When she's not at the clinic, Brooke enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, watching movies, and developing her skills in visual arts. 
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HOLLY

CLIENT CARE REPRESENTATIVE

Holly is a fear free certified VOA, who recently joined the Westhills team. She is very excited to learn more, and grow within the industry.

Holly most recently attended Bow Valley College in the Veterinary Assistant program, and hopes to become a DVM one day.

Holly has always had a passion for animals, and is delighted to be a part of a team of like minded people.
Holly’s favourite part of working at the clinic has been getting to see so many new and familiar faces everyday.
When she’s not at the clinic, Holly enjoys spending time with her dog, Maple.
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